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How retain sync info when restore prior system partition / flash winmo device ROM?

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I use Acronis to restore my system partition from time to time (running Vista Ultimate 64).
I have an HTC TP2 windows mobile device.  I flash the ROM from time to time.
MWDC is used to keep the devices in sync
Restoring a prior system partition to my desktop or flashing the ROM of my phone seems to affect the sync-related-data that WMDC utilizes to determine what needs to be synced.

Can anyone explain to me what sync-related-data WMDC uses and where this data is stored on my desktop and on my phone.  My objective is to back this data up each time before I restore my system partition and before I flash my phone's ROM.  Then I can restore this sync-related-data before I do the next sync so that WMDC doesn't "hiccup"

I hope someone understand my question and can help me to accomplish this.

NOTE: Exchange is NOT involved in my situation.

With Regards-
Sam
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by:Mikal613
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Are you asking about the Folder that is designated to sync a specific set of files.

http://www.ehow.com/how_6386031_change-directory-windows-mobile-center.html
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by:SAbboushi
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Thanks - my question is more about the metadata that the sync uses to determine when a change has been made on either the phone or the PC (primarily Outlook contact / e-mail data, but also the document folder).

Each time a sync is done, I don't believe it does a full comparison of file vs. file to see what has changed (or e-mail vs. e-mail); I believe the sync stores metadata for each file/contact/e-mail somewhere that is used to speed up the sync process.  However, since I don't know where this metadata is stored by the sync program, my system partition restore replaces the sync related metadata (and configuration information too e.g. I didn't used to sync e-mail, but later I configured the sync for e-mail.  When I restore the prior image which was configured NOT to sync e-mail, now the e-mail isn't configured to sync.  So now I have a potential mess on my hands when I change the configuration again to sync e-mails, but the e-mails on both devices are not out of sync, so I don't have a clean starting point (i.e. I either choose Outlook as the source to sync to my phone and thus lose any changes I made on my phone that weren't synched back to Outlook before my PC crashed, or I use my phone as the source but lose all changes made to my Outlook db that weren't synched to my phone before the PC or phone crashed)

Hope that better explains my concern
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by:SAbboushi
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sorry - typo above.  Corrections below in CAPS:

Thanks - my question is more about the metadata that the sync uses to determine when a change has been made on either the phone or the PC (primarily Outlook contact / e-mail data, but also the document folder).

Each time a sync is done, I don't believe it does a full comparison of file vs. file to see what has changed (or e-mail vs. e-mail); I believe the sync stores metadata for each file/contact/e-mail somewhere that is used to speed up the sync process.  However, since I don't know where this metadata is stored by the sync program, my system partition restore replaces the sync related metadata (and configuration information too e.g. I didn't used to sync e-mail, but later I configured the sync for e-mail.  When I restore the prior image which was configured NOT to sync e-mail, now the e-mail isn't configured to sync.  So now I have a potential mess on my hands when I change the configuration again to sync e-mails, but the e-mails on both devices are OUT OF SYNCH TO BEGIN WITH, so I don't have a clean starting point (i.e. I either choose Outlook as the source to sync to my phone and thus lose any changes I made on my phone that weren't synched back to Outlook before my PC crashed, or I use my phone as the source but lose all changes made to my Outlook db that weren't synched to my phone before the PC or phone crashed)

Hope that better explains my concern
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I dont have WMDC (I am using a WP7 device) But one suggestion is to use filemon

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896642

And see what files are getting "touched" when you sync and what paths are read from the registry.

Hope this helps!!
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by:SAbboushi
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Thanks - I may have to resort to playing detective (e.g. filemon)... but hoping someone can make it simple and give me the answers!

Anyone else?
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